Cybersecurity in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 18

A range of international cybersecurity experts from business, government and academia will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Tuesday, Sept. 18 to share the latest information on how to detect, defend against and respond to emerging cyberthreats. The conference comes against the backdrop of the U.S. Congress’ failure this summer to pass significant cybersecurity legislation on the protection of both commercial and government information technology infrastructure.

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“Emerging Cybersecurity Threats: Public Policy and Technology Response” takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons. Chris Bronk, Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy, led conference organization efforts.  

Topics of discussion are “Securing the Grid,” “The Oil and Gas Industry’s Cyber Infrastructure” and “Cybertheft and Enterprise IP.” Ronald Deibert, director of the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs’ Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the school’s Citizen Lab, will give the keynote address, “Big Data Meets Big Brother,” at 9:10 a.m.

The Baker Institute’s Information Technology Policy Program and Energy Forum, Rice’s Computer Security Lab and Deloitte are jointly hosting the event, which is free and open to the public.

To view the complete conference agenda and speaker information, visit

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.